Healthy Moments Episode

Should I Be Concerned About My Childs Weight

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Aug 11, 2008 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers tells parents about ways to keep children from becoming obese and suggests a visit to a health care provider to find out if there is reason for concern.


America's children are heavier than ever. Consequently, many of them are at risk for health problems as adults. As parents, we can take steps to help our children avoid becoming obese as they grow up.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Kids grow at different rates and times, so it's not always easy to know if there's reason for concern. To find out, ask a health care provider. He or she can measure your child's height and weight and can then recommend a plan of action.

Just putting your child on a diet is not the answer. Unhealthy diets can put their health at greater risk. The best way to lose weight is to eat healthy and be physically active.

And for more tips, visit our website at NIDDK or This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.

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